Earthquake death toll climbs to 30; hundreds other injured
ISLAMABAD: At least 30 people have died and hundreds other are injured as a result of 5.8 magnitude earthquake in different areas of Pakistan, specially in Azad Kashmir.
This was reported by local media. The epicenter of the quake was near Jhelum.
Earlier, the Inter Services Public Relations released damage assessment of the earthquake based on aerial and initial physical survey.
According to the assessment, 22 people, including an army soldier, had lost lives in tremors while 160 people were injured as per civil administration record.
Three communication bridges near Jatlan were damaged. The Jatlan-Mangla bridge was damaged at multiple locations, rendering it unusable.
In addition, medium to minor damages to weak structures in Mirpur, Jatlan and Jarikas have been reported while Mangla Dam is safe.
Army teams are busy in rescue and relief efforts in coordination with other stakeholders. Army Engineering teams are repairing Jatlan-Mangla Road and bridges at Jatlan.
Doctors and paramedics are providing necessary medical care and CMH Mangla and Jhelum have been made available for all casualties.
Rescue effort will continue till completion.
President expresses deep grief and sorrow over loss of lives
President Dr Arif Alvi has expressed deep sorrow and grief over the loss of lives and property because of earthquake in Azad Kashmir, Islamabad and other parts of the country.
He prayed for the departed souls and early recovery of the injured.
The president also expressed solidarity with the affected families.
PM directs to start rescue and relief activities in quake-hit areas
Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed all the concerned departments to provide immediate assistance of all kinds to carry out relief activities in the quake-hit areas.
In a statement, the Prime Minister also expressed concerns over losses as a result of the earthquake.
Army troops dispatched to affected sites
Army Chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa has directed immediate rescue operation in aid of civil administration for victims of earthquake in Azad Kashmir.
According to a tweet by Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor, Army troops with aviation and medical support teams have been dispatched to the affected sites.
Pakistan Army aviation helicopters have completed aerial reconnaissance for damage assessment in Mirpur, Jarikas and Jatlan areas.
According to the ISPR, Army troops have reached earthquake-hit areas of Mirpur, Jatlan and Jarikas, whereas relief and rescue efforts are underway.
AJK President, PM express deep grief and sorrow
AJK President Sardar Masood Khan and Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan have expressed deep grief and sorrow over the severe earthquake which caused causalities and heavy loss to infrastructure and public properties in Azad Kashmir.
Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider has cut short his Lahore visit and departed for Mirpur district to supervise rescue and relief efforts in the region.
Raja Farooq Haider directed all concerned departments including the AJK Disaster Management Authority and other concerned departments to accelerate their efforts and effectively manage the emergency situation.
Emergency declared in all hospitals of Jhelum
On the directives of Chief Minister Punjab, Sardar Usman Buzdar, emergency has been declared in all hospitals of Jhelum in the backdrop of intense earthquake.
The Chief Minister directed Deputy Commissioner Jhelum to immediately reach the quake-hit area of Azad Kashmir with relief goods including medicines and ambulances.
Rescue operation started in quake-affected areas
Chairman National Disaster Management Authority, Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal says that all departments, including NDMA, Pakistan Army, and State Disaster Management, have started rescue operation in the quake-affected areas.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, he thanked God that the quake has not affected Mangla Dam in anyway.
He said turbine operation of Mangla Dam has been suspended due to technical reasons.
The Chairman NDMA said Mangla to Jatalan road has been damaged in the quake, while three bridges also suffered.
He said 200 tents, 800 blankets, and 100 medical kits are being dispatched to the affected areas.
He said Provincial Disaster Management Authority of Punjab has provided 20 ambulances and six rescue vehicles.